Here is a description of the services offered in our dental practice.
Most appointments are 30 -45 minutes in length
Physical examination of the teeth and oral cavity, addressing any questions or concerns. This is included in a new patient appointment and in a periodic (recall) appointment.
A professional dental cleaning removes plaque, stain, and calculus (tartar). Removal of these irritants helps to maintain healthy teeth and gums. To achieve this, tooth brushing, flossing, scaling, and polishing are used by the dentist or hygienist. Oral hygiene instructions are also given to the parent or child to reinforce proper brushing and flossing techniques. Dental cleanings are recommended every six months. Sometimes a cleaning appointment is recommended more often, especially when a child is having orthodontic treatment, or when the calculus is built-up more rapidly.
A fluoride application is recommended every six months. A fluoride treatment in the dental office helps to reduce the incidence of caries by incorporating fluoride ions into the outermost layer of the enamel. It can also help to re-mineralize the enamel where caries have already begun. Fluoride treatments can also help with tooth sensitivity.
Removal of decay and placement of white (composite resin) fillings, with or without anesthesia. Depending on the number of teeth needing to be restored, the location of the teeth, and the behavior of the patient, restorative appointments may take 30 minutes to an hour and a half.
Dental Radiographs -
X-Rays are taken by the dentist to determine the presence of interproximal (in-between teeth) caries (cavities), to determine the extent of caries, and to assess the development of permanent teeth. A panoramic radiograph is used to determine the presence of third molars (wisdom teeth) and to assess the need to and timing of removal. Radiographs are generally recommended every 1 to 2 years depending on the patient’s age, caries experience, and if further information is needed for diagnosis.
Extraction of Primary (baby) Teeth
Sometimes a primary tooth is over-retained (doesn’t fall out when it should) and needs a little help. This can happen when the permanent tooth erupts in the wrong place, usually because of crowding. Other reasons for extraction of baby teeth are severe caries, trauma, and orthodontic concerns. Extraction appointments are usually 30-45 minutes depending on the number of teeth needing to be extracted, the length of the root (determined by the radiograph) and the behavior of the patient. Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) may be recommended.
Placed in the grooves of the chewing surfaces of fully erupted permanent molars and premolars as needed. This may be recommended for primary teeth under certain circumstances. Sealants can help to prevent caries in susceptible areas.
Custom-made appliance used to protect teeth and prevent concussion. An impression is made of teeth and a model is made. On the model, mouthguard material is molded to the model to create an exact fit to the teeth. After the impression appointment, it can take as long as a week to complete the mouthguard. Custom mouthguards cannot be made for patients with fixed (cemented) orthodontic appliances or active orthodontic treatment.
What should I bring to my first appointment ?
Please bring the following items to your appointment:
Proof of insurance, please bring your dental insurance information (insurance carrier, group number, policy number, name of insured, where claims should be sent, etc.)
Please have your most recent x-rays emailed to our office if you are a new patient